The late medieval hebrew book in the western mediterranean

Javier del Barco

Brill

This collection takes the Hebrew book as a focal point for exploring the production, circulation, transmission, and consumption of Hebrew texts in the cultural context of the late medieval western Mediterranean. The authors elaborate in particular on questions concerning private vs. public book production and collection; the religious and cultural components of manuscript patronage; collaboration between Christian and Jewish scribes, artists, and printers; and the impact of printing on Iberian Jewish communities. Unlike other approaches that take context into consideration merely to explain certain variations in the history of the Hebrew book from antiquity to the present, the premise of these essays is that context constitutes the basis for understanding practices and processes in late medieval Jewish book culture. Javier del Barco, PhD (2001), Universidad Complutense, is Associate Researcher at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid. He has published on medieval and early modern Hebrew manuscript culture and has catalogued many collections of Hebrew manuscripts.